trade union mergers

Trade Unions: Merger Most Horrid?

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Mergers aren't all they are cracked up to be.

Plans for a merger between Amicus and the TGWU, and possibly the GMB trade unions were announced recently with some high-flown oratory from Tony Woodley, the TGWU general secretary. Invoking the ghosts of engineering militant Tom Mann and dockers' leader Ben Tillett along the way, he said that the plans send 'a warning to employers that we intend to match the power of capital with the power of united labour'. He also promised that the new union would be 'driven by one idea above all - strengthening the position of our members in the workplace'.

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